A few weeks ago I had a male bluebird in the yard I thought might be Daddy, but it’s pretty difficult to tell one bluebird from another. Today we had four males and one female bluebird in the yard. One was obviously with the female, as they were chattering back and forth and wingwaving.
The dominant male landed on the nextbox and showed it to the young looking female. When one of the other males attempted to land on the box, the mated male I believe to be Daddy drove it from the yard. I suspect that the other young males are some of Daddy’s offspring from earlier in the year.
I went out on the patio and the three males flew away, but Daddy and the female remained in the yard. He flew down to a yard ash tray I used to feed mealworms. I don’t think another bird would associate this with food or have any interest in it. The male was obviously showing the nestbox to the female. He landed on it, then looked inside and went inside. All the time chortling to the female. The female also went inside the box. They spent almost an hour in the yard. I hope I’m not premature in identifying this bird as Daddy, but I’m fairly confident. Hopefully they stay around this winter and nest in the spring… and there will be many more entries in the Bluebird Diary. Keep your fingers crossed.